• WordNet 3.6
    • n noctuid usually dull-colored medium-sized nocturnal moth; the usually smooth-bodied larvae are destructive agricultural pests
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Noctuid (Zoöl) Any one of numerous moths of the family Noctuidæ, or Noctuælitæ, as the cutworm moths, and armyworm moths; -- so called because they fly at night.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n noctuid A noctuid moth; one of the Noctuidæ.
    • noctuid Pertaining to the Noctuidæ. Also noctuidous.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From L. nox, noctis, night


In literature:

Basal streak: in Noctuid moths, extends from base, through the submedian interspace to the t. a. line.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Most of the beetles were scarabaeids and carabids; the bulk of the caterpillars were noctuids and arctiids.
"Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz" by John M. Legler
The Bombycids and many Noctuids also fly in the early evening, but mostly at night.
"Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects" by C. V. Riley

In news:

A statement released Thursday says agriculture specialists with Customs and Border Protection found noctuid moths among equipment returning from Afghanistan.